Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Cinema Verite

Amber Calls Out Andy Cohen

Dina: What am I Doing Here?

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Amber: I Felt I Like I Was Being Hazed

Melissa: Continue to Pray for Teresa's Family

Why Amber Shares Her Cancer Story

Dina: I Was Team Santa

Teresa: I Don't Blame Jim

Bobby's Unacceptable Behavior

Amber: Dina is Jealous

Melissa: "We are Heartbroken"

Dina Reacts to the Sentencing

Kathy Talks Kevin Jonas

Amber: Dina Was Planning a Blood Bath

Jim and Amber Were on Different Pages

Dina on Bobby's "Bizarre" Behavior

Amber Calls BS on Dina

Nicole: Words are So Powerful

Teresa: "Kudos to Dina!"

Teresa: I Love the Show, I Love My Fans

Praying for a Positive Outcome for Teresa

"Tipsy Melissa is My Spirit Animal"

Dina's Lose-Lose Situation

Jacqueline on Her Status with Teresa

Why Teresa Told Dina the Rumor

Amber on Her Cancer Scare

Teresa: There was an Agenda to Hurt My Family

Melissa: I Do Feel for Amber

Dina: Gia's Beautiful Inside and Out

Nicole: This is Not 'Jerry Springer'

Amber on Her Meltdown with Teresa

Amber's Emotional Call to Teresa

Teresa Thanks the Fans

Dina: Florida Will Be the New Scary Island

Teresa: I Wish I Never Heard the Rumor

Amber on the Shocking Rino Rumor

Victoria Gotti's Big No No

Cinema Verite

Kathy compares this episode to some of her favorite films.

Hey gang! WOW. I don’t know about you, but I’m speechless and don’t know where to start. The comedy and drama of this episode couldn’t help but remind me of my love for TV and movies. So, I have to start at the beginning and reference some of my favorite titles.

Let’s start with Sibling Rivalry. I have to admit I did feel bad for Lauren when Albie and Chris were joking with her and Vito. I know how older brothers can be and can understand how it feels to look up to them and want their approval. It’s especially difficult when you’re starting a new diet plan and not really feeling like yourself. I know they were just kidding, but Lauren, you were being a great sport about it. I love the way she brushed it off and gave it right back to them. This is the same kind of joking that goes on with Rich and his siblings, but the result is always the same -- a lot of love.

How about Rosie? You want the best no-nonsense nanny in the world? Just put my sister Rosie in charge! I think she should write her own book called Adventures in Babysitting, Jersey Style. I loved the scenes with Rosie, my mom, Joey, and Victoria looking after the little ones down the shore. I especially love my Joseph’s enthusiasm! I was glad that Rosie and my mom decided to stay with the kids, they sure did get a kick out of them. And yes Rosie, after seeing what an exciting time you had, I guess we do owe you one.

I’m going to call the next part the Love Boat. Well, not exactly. But I do think we gave our best effort, and it didn’t go as badly as anyone might have expected. However, there certainly seemed to be a negative undertow. I’m just glad we didn’t get stranded and I didn’t have to title this part Gilligan’s Island. I still wonder who would be Ginger and who would be Mary Ann! Hey Jacqueline, I never did see that sunset family photo you took of us.And last but not least, something I will briefly touch upon, the summer solstice party. It could have been A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but as the evening progressed, it looked more like a midsummer nightmare. Although it was a beautiful night, I don’t think that we had nearly enough fairy dust for what transpired that evening. I would have liked to blame it on the full moon but as you all saw, but it was definitely much more than that!

The one thing I am certain of, I came away from this episode feeling like I so wanted to be a kid again, when all of life’s disagreements could be solved by a good ole’ hug it out. Props to Rosie who encouraged that for Antonia and Milania. I remember that always worked for us too. Not to mention, I’m glad it still does. Right, Ro?If you were looking for Ever After for now you’re going to have to settle for Days of Our Lives, just stay tuned. You never know.

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Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Amber Marchese dishes on her first reunion and why Dina Manzo confuses her.

Hello Housewife friends!  Welcome to the jungle baby! My first reunion was a wild ride. Call me sick and twisted, but I had an unbelievable time at the reunion when most, I have been warned, dread it. I felt like it was “The Great Purge” and when I went home I was felt relieved of any built up tension. I don’t care if anyone has a grudge against me, my slate is clean and I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone. I love to argue my point, and I truly stood by all of my convictions this season, so I was ready to say exactly what was on my mind, and then some. 

I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt.